Friday, November 16, 2012

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Study: Why do so many kids drop out?

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Study: Why do so many kids drop out?:


Study: Why do so many kids drop out?

The 2012 High School Dropouts in America survey finds that the great majority of kids who leave school early, do so because of out-of-school conditions such as family problems or economic necessity. The survey findings cut against the current mythology that bad teachers, failing schools and unions are the source of the dropout problem.
Nearly one-quarter — 23 percent — of Americans attribute their failure to complete high school to a lack of parental support or encouragement, followed by entering parenthood at 21 percent. Missing too many days of school ranked third at 17 percent. Other reasons for dropping out include failing classes (15 percent), uninteresting classes (15 percent) and suffering from mental illness (15 percent).
 One-third of high school dropouts say they are employed either full time, part time, or are self‐employed. 

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